Former Heaton Harrier James Buis, now running in the colours of Border Harriers, gained a hard-fought win in the Transped Blyth Valley 10k road race.
In bright sunshine and warm temperatures, Buis soon lead the field of nearly 500 runners, being shadowed by a group of ten athletes.
The leaders were still grouped closely approaching the five-mile point, before Buis made his bid for victory but finished just three seconds ahead of Jarrow’s Andy Burn as they crossed the finish line at Blyth Quayside.
Close behind in third place was Craig Isherwood of Sunderland.
While Buis, whose winning time was 32min 31secs, finished outside his best time both Burn and Isherwood smashed their PBs.
Scott Ellis in fifth place led North Shields Poly to the team title. Elswick’s Phil Sanderson was the leading veteran in seventh position.
Heaton Harrier Lorna Young, who was victorious in the 2011 race, again took the major award finishing in 36min 29secs. Wallsend’s Stacey Rogers, third behind Young two years ago, improved to second this time and dipped under her PB figures by just one second. Alnwick’s Johanna Gascoigne-Owens finished third in 37:48.
The first Blyth man was Andrew Henderson, while Phillippa Baxter was the first Blyth lady.
A spokesperson for Blyth Running Club thanked all their sponsors which included Transped, NCC, BVAL, Start Fitness, Herrons, John Gunn, Scheppes Abbey Well, The Quay Public House and Blyth Lifeguards for their assistance, and all the marshals, helpers and officials.
The full set of results are available www.blythrunningclub.co.uk